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>> michael: new month, same problems. president obama kick starts a national conversation on mental health problems while congressional republicans start exhibiting all of the telltale signs talking about conspiracies, scandals and secret government plots. you're in "the war room," back in san francisco. i'm michael shure. [♪ theme music ♪] >> michael: we lost a great progressive leader today. new jersey senator frank lautenberg died this morning at the age of 89. he eel be remembered for
fighting to protect women's health, lbgt rights and victims of gun violences. we'll be responsible for prohibiting people with come mesic violence convictions from gets guns, and he is one of the last world war ii officers in the senate. >> we have some pretty good fights between us over time. battles on philosophy and the role of government but never was senator lautenberg to be underestimated. as an advocate for the causes he believed in, and as an adversary in the political word >> michael: christie's decision
about who should replace him won't be easy. there are conflicting state laws about when christie can appoint someone and how long they can serve. "washington post" reporter aaron blake blake, aaron welcome back inside "the war room." >> thank you for having me. >> aaron, senator lautenberg was known for his list of prig -- progressive issues. how do you think he'll be remembered? >> i think just what you talked about. he was also one that was very outspoken on environmental issues. came into the game late in life
after a very successful business career, made a lot of money was able to parlay that into politics and eventually funded his own campaign. he retired from the senate, and then in 2002 through his name back out there. he was in his late 70s. he regretted it every day that he had been out of office that he had retired and got back in and served until his late 80s. s >> michael: that's true robert shelby had all of those problems in new jersey, along came their night in shining armor and had a great second career. >> if i could, he has always kind of been overshadowed for a long time he served behind bill bradley who is obviously a very big face in the senate. he has always been behind the
scenes been more passionate about policy than being on tv or anything like that so i think he is remembered as a quiet force for progressive causes in the senate. >> michael: yes, i'm so glad you pointed that out, because he had operated in the shadows. politicians have been preparing for the possibility -- as i say that, i think he was good on the environment, -- but let's go back to what i was about to ask you, the politicians have been pe pairing for the possibility of lautenberg passing away before now. why it is still unresolved and what optioning are now being considered for the seat? >> every time a senator passes or retines or anything like that, it's almost par for course for us to have this debate about exactly what the lasses.
these laws are invoke sod few times, some states have never invoked a senate vacancy law, so we're dealing with applying a law that has never been scrutinized or looked at all, so i'm not terribly surprised we're having this conversation now, the two laws that we're talking about now that seem to be contradictory on their face i have never seen anything quite like this, but at least for now i think it's very clear that if governor christie wants to set the special election for 2013 we can do that. if he wants to go for 2014 they will need a temporary to serve until then. we'll see what happens. >> michael: i cannot see this not ending up in the courts in some way shape ore form. it doesn't behoove christie to have all of the democratic money
coming into the state when he is on the ballot. why doesn't he just appoint cory booker. he knows he is going to win. any chance of that happening aaron? >> before i got on here i talked with somebody who is very lows to governor christie, and he said it doesn't anticipate that the governor will appoint a democrat. christie has shown he is willing to work with president obama, he has been very friendly with cory booker. he has not been afraid to thumb his nose at groups like the nra. so he might surprise people and appoint a democrat to replace a democrat, i think that would be too tall a hill to climb. >> michael: yeah if he wants to go farther then indeed your right. aaron blake, political reporter for the "washington post" in the fix. thanks for being on "the war
room" tonight. now we turn to the conservative lion's den. the right continues to fight over how to reform their party. reince priebus responded to criticism from bob dole that the rnc should hang a sign on its doors saying closed for repair. >> i would say we're not closed for repairs, but we're open for repairs. that's the party that needs to grow and be a year-round permanent solution. >> stephanie: pree does authored the republican autopsy back in march, and the party received yet another scathing report. this one from their kids. the college republicans. the majority of young people have political views that align with democrats, and college students view the republican party as, quote, close minded
racist, rigid, and old fashioned. the last presidential republican candidate didn't do much to help. in a new book a called "the romney readiness project," really drives that point home. his transition team couldn't address a newfangled email system called gmail. but i'm sure they would have handled chinese hackers just fine. now republicans are grappling with how to get back with the youngsters. rand paul weighed in today and said young people just loved it when he filibustered the president's drone program. >> i think that for example we got maybe one of the largest responses ever, but if you had taken this issue and polled it
beforehand and said how ared is the american public in drones not very but as we began to talk about the bill of rights should we send american citizens from guantanamo bay from america without a trial? these are the kind of things that resinate with young people and they really see the injustice of. >> michael: in other words get ready for more fillibusterfilibusters, yes! in the same speech which was yesterday, paul ak cruised mccain of palling around with terrorists. >> apparently we have got a senator over there who had his picture taken with some kidnappers. >> michael: that's not the only dust up inside the republican party.
karl rove took a sweep at michele bachmann yesterday on abc's this week. >> michele bachmann was the leader of the caucus and now that position is open, and someone next year will accept the chairmanship of it and they may do something with it. and we'll see. >> michael: but the democrats could benefit from some soul searching as well according to lawrence lessig, harvard professor, acclaimed author, and all-around wise man, he wrote an article about this issue. glad to have you in "the war room" today, professor. >> great to be here. >> michael: you argue in your piece that it is the democrats that need a makeover tell me why. >> i think a passion that rand
paul is trying to talk to in the youth, get dissipated very quickly when it is about big money. when we think of clie nate change,or a financial reform plan, most people look at the democratic party and think we're just as bad as the republicans are on this. so i think the democrats need to give the party a clear and credible message that they care about change in a way that obama promised but never delivered. >> michael: i don't disagree, how could anybody disagree with what you just said. but can the democrats really be expected not to take advantage of the campaign funding system in if the alternative is just letting the republicans win, aren't we winning with defense in a wide? >> yeah i don't believe in
unilateral disarmament, so the democrats shouldn't be like buddy roamer and say they are going only to take a hundred dollars contribution, but they have to commit themselves to the reform program that americans could look at and say this could be something different. so they are trying to figure out which of the various reform proposals for changing the money inside the election phase should get behind. and some are pretty small bore like minor tweaks that wouldn't change the system, and some could be fundamental reforms of the system and the democrats have got to recognize that they are only going to get passion back into the party if they start speaking about changes that people can believe in. and that's the kind of reform i think they need back up. >> michael: i agree once again, i mean it's one thing to back into the white house, to back
into the senate get lucky because of the foolish candidates the republicans are sending up there, but on the other hand it's also an opportunity that is not being seized to do the things that people want done to ensure your place for a while. and i sense that you don't see the democratic party doing any of that right now. >> not yet. but i think it is an incredible opportunity. if we think about the next two to three years where no important issue is going to be addressed by this government there will be an increasing desire of ordinary americans to see a change that could make the system work again. and this is an issue that we know most americans already recognize, that the corruption of our politics is the key thing that must change if we are going to get a government that works, so because i'm a democrat the party picks this issue up and runs with it. >> michael: and people recognize
it. poll after poll after poll say you are right. the republicans have their tea party pulling them in a direction that they are actually following in. do the democrats need a morrow bust party to put pressure on their party? >> i think the progressives -- in particular the bold progressives have been very effective at defining a message that is pushing the party in a position on the left. but i'm not saying we need to be more further to the left to win, i'm saying we have to pick up an issue that rez nates just as powerfully with the people on the right and the left. because if we don't pick up that -- >> michael: yeah, i want to ask you, processor, i wanted to ask you about the pccc.
they do such good work but they are not the tea party group of the democratic party. what can change to get democrats to pay attention to that part of the party? >> i think my own senator, senator warren has been doing a pretty good job in resinating and getting passion around those types of issues but the real game changer is not going to be significantly increasing from one side of the political spectrum or the other. what americans are really frustrated about is the system itself is not working. so if we find a party that was credibly talking about changing the way the system functioned it would begin to rally people who are right now so turned off by politics they don't even want
to show up at the polls. >> michael: right. it must be not to say my own senator, elizabeth warren. i want to switch topics for just a moment professor and talk to you about the bradley manning case. manning is set to appear in court today for publishing classified documents on wikileaks. you have been involved in these issues. do you see a parallel between the two cases? >> my own belief was what sairn schwartz was doing was not in violation of the law. and what bradley manning was doing might have been justified morally, but certainly violated his obligations as a soldier, but what is similar, and what
will haunt this administration, is the extreme behavior that he was subjected to during the course of this investigation, the time he was held in isolation and really brutalized in the process of investigating this, and it will be that that continues to be the story, not so much what he did or the reasons for what he did, but is this who we really are? that's the sort of issue that again, going back to your first segment is the issue that rand paul and -- the libertarian right have been talking about which is uniting libertarian right and liberal left people talking about the fundamental value of human rights and civil rights, and the fear that our government has lost a clear sense of why that is important. >> michael: yeah, i think these
are -- that's a clarion call on both of these issues. i want to ask you very quickly before you go. give me a piece of good news. are you seeing this is starting to resinate with more people than just your immediate circle? >> oh, absolutely. citizens united was a gift to this movement from the supreme court. and if you look at last year in july of 2012 the number 2 issue on the gallup poll about the top issues the president should address was political corruption. but this reflects the fact that america is so fed up with this issue. and that's an opportunity for some smart politician to come in
and pick this issue up. >> michael: and i feel because of your work we're on the cusp of that happening. thank you so much for your time and effort on all of these issues. tonight wayne slater stops by for the latest on reform. plus from the freedom rides to the halls of congress bob filner reminds us that the march is still going on. and it's scandal season in washington, and the latest war of wards between darrell issa and the white house is riveting at best. grab some popcorn and stick around, this is the "war room."
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more than 4600 people have guyed from gun violence. to put that into perspective, that's 178 new townes since newtown. something has got to change and one way to force that change is to talk about our nation's poor record on mental health issues. one in five americans is diagnosed with a mental health disorder, one in five. but less than 40% of them will actually get the treatment they need. this morning the president addressed the issue when he kicked off the white house's national conference on mental health. here he is. >> obama: there should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for mental illnesses. we have to get rid of that embarrassment, and stigma. too many people who struggle are still suffering in silence rather than seeking help. men and woman who would never
hesitate to go see a doctor if they had a broken arm or the flu, but they have that same attitude when it comes to mental health. >> michael: the president is so on point there. but it took the shooting in newtown to make this a political priority. joining us is senior political writer for the "dallas morning news." wayne slater. he's our friend and comes to us from austin, texas, welcome back inside "the war room," wayne. >> always good to with you. >> michael: would president obama be having this mental health discussion if it weren't for newtown, tucson and aurora? >> it's hard to think he would. it -- but the gun debate has brought this to the floor. you wanted those who had h
wanted more control on guns and the conservative republicans who said, no, no, no let's focus and agree to deal with the mental health issues no one disagreed on the mental health issues. so this debate does play into the larger gun debate by saying okay. we're going to deal with this issue. we ought to deal with it significantly, but of course the republicans and some budget hawks have to answer a question eventual eventually, are we going to pay for it? >> michael: that's exactly right. and after the sandy hook massacre, roy blunt said this.
>> this is one of thosish dwlus if you are going deal with it you need to deal with it at a time when people are interested in dealing with it. it is easily pushed to the back burner of health care. i think people understand that this is a component of some of the tragedied. >> michael: how can republicans like senator blunt there be for mental health reform, but stanchly against background checks? >> they are two sides of the very same issue, but you are right, look at your constituency, and they say they don't want gun control, but they do want, or maybe are open to the idea of spending more money on mental health. i thought the president was artful in discussing this issue and making it clear that the vast vast vast majority of people who have mental health
problems, who need the opportunity for treatment are not violent, but he was also mentioned and suggested that it is those episodes the very one that the senator could most effectively deal with, the shooting episode in newtown, the case in california all of those that these advocates of at least more attention for mental health would more successfully deal with, if we just had something like background checks not giving guns to people who really demonstrably have mental health issues. >> michael: yeah, and that to me is another way into this question, another way into guns, without saying you are against guns, so i think politically it may work for some of these senators in a state, for example, like missouri where roy blunt is from. this weekend in a span of 48 hours, 25 people were spot in
new york city. michael bloomberg as been a strong gun safety advocate. he has been running ads against democrats who sided against background checks. today mark pryor responded. >> i'm committed to finding real solutions to gun violence while protecting our second amendment. i'm mark pryor and i approve this message, because no one from what washington or new york tells me what to do i listen to arkansas. >> michael: but abchording to a poll, 60% of arkansasians support background checks. >> overwhelmingly it show there
is significant support for background checks, but clearly the nra and others in stateslike arkansas, or in states like alaska where you have mark becketts, or heidi heitkamp in north dakota, you have a strong culture, and i'm here in texas, and clearly the gun culture is very strong, and even here in texas some polls indicate that texans support the idea of reasonable background checks at gun shows and such but the politicians who hear from zealots and very strong sources in the nra, appear to be frightened of reelection. >> michael: that's why republicans are starting to get excited about your state and others, because you see the progress.
♪ >> michael: the latest edition of our series the march goes on takes us from the deep south to the hallowed halls of congress to the san diego mayor's office. a group of young civil rights activist decided to get on a bus. the group became known as freedom riders. they ventured deep into the still heavily segregated south. the kkk actually burned one of their buses. just a month after the freedom rides began, bob filner, then an 18-year-old engineering student at an ivy league school, decided to join them and he boarded a bus bound for jackson, mississippi. he was arrested for disturbing the peace and inciting a rye rot. he refused to post bond and
served two months in the infamous mississippi state penitentiary. since then he has devoted his life to public service. he was elected to the u.s. house of representatives where he served for almost two decades representing california. then last november filner was elected mayor of san diego. he has already taken on the city's conservative political culture. it is with great pleasure, i welcome mayor bob filner into the carson kressley. thank you so much for being here tonight. >> great to be here. thank you. >> michael: i want to start back in 1961 you are an 18-year-old white kid from pittsburgh was us through your decision to
become a freedom rider. >> my parents had always been involved with progressive politics. i learned from them. my dad was a fund raiser for dr. king earlier in his career so i met dr. king when i was 13 years old, and really pledged my vief to non-violent social change. by age 15 i was organizing demonstrations with dr. king and by 18 i was in jail. i remember studying for finals at cornell and seeing that burning bus and saying this can't be what america is about, and i got on the next bus to the south. >> michael: for most people whether they believed in a cause or not, you see a burnt-out bus, you see john lewis getting hit in the head and you think that's not where i want to go. are there other times in your life where you have thought about your decision to board that bus and used it to
influence yourself? >> yeah, i mean i thought it was the right decision. maybe we didn't know -- we didn't know all of the details because nobody knew where we would end up but i have made those kind of decisions in probably less life-threatening ways all along since then, whether it was i decided to teach school in alabama. i went to new hampshire for the mccarthy for president campaign. i came to san diego in 1970 when people said hey, that's a pretty conservative town. you don't want to go there. and i got into a fight for school board and ended up running for office and people said don't do that. sorry had to face these things all along in my career. >> michael: did you feel like you were making history at that moment? >> i don't think he understood the historical situation that we were in. we were just doing our part but
when the supreme court overturned our convictions and really brought down the whole legal structure of segregation we knew he had changed american history. and we didn't make things perfect. we're still trying to do that but i thought, wow here in america you can actually change history by getting involved, and it has lead to my optimism. >> michael: and two months imparchment couldn't have been easy either. >> exactly. it changed my life. you had a sense of being able to survive with dignity in a very difficult situation. by the way it has not been really written about but everybody on that cell block, which we were on death row in parchment penitentiary, the whole leadership came out of that cell block.
people who had been tested in this really terrible situation. we had nothing to read nothing to write, no exercise, violence all the time. we can't get out of our individual cells. it was a searing experience but it -- it -- it really disciplined and molded the next generation of leaders in the civil rights movement. >> michael: and you said a word that a lot of people -- we have been running this series now for six or seven months or maybe not that many but a lot of the people talked about dignity. anonymous people in birmingham talked about dignity being a big part of it. and i hear you say that and it really rings true. >> no question. we learned how to protest with dignity and keep your dignity at the same time. we had to find a balance between
inciting violence that was not very helpful, versus not losing your role as a human being and kowtowing to people so you had to maintain that sense of dignity throughout. >> michael: now you have had a long career in politics. how did you early experience as an activist shape your time in the u.s. congress? and then we'll get to your mayoral theme. >> one i have optimist about change. if you can change as i said segregation, you can change anything. but it also gave me a sense of how -- that you have to sometimes confront things. you can't do things that are expected. i remember dr. king teaching us a concept called creative tension. the status quo does not change if everybody remains comfortable. but you had to do it creatively
because if you did it wrong, you would be faced with violence or irrational behavior, so it was creative, but challenging the status quo and i think i have done that wherever i have been. i have been xharman of a congressional committee, and people thought maybe i created too much attention, but once you do that, the status quo changes. >> michael: now you are the mayor of san diego, one of the cities featured in the immigration conversation because of your proximity. what parallels do you see with the civil rights comment and the immigration debate going on today. >> our city is a majority of people of color. and i have been a civil right's activist, and i think that's why i got elected. and i have stressed all along,
because i represent a district in congress where 85% of my constituents were people of color, that we were all in this together african american hispanic, our asian we all had to be a part of it. because if they are not going after you for driving while black, and concentrating on walking while brown, you are not going remove yourself. >> michael: right. >> and as john lewis used to tell us, we may have come over on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now and we're all in this together and whether you are gay, latino asian, if discrimination is practiced on one it will be practiced on the next group. if you don't have health care for one group, we're all
unhealthy. if one of us is uneducated we're all pretty stupid. and the establishment loves to keep us divided. they love to divide and concur and the hardest thing at any moment is to keep people together. >> michael: yeah, and that seems to be going on right now as well. there was an article that you should read if you haven't, it is about the mayor of san diego. but it talked a little bit about the way you are changing the approach to the marijuana dispensaries in san diego. you advocated for the supremacy. now how do you resolve your position? >> i called for jury null indication in the marijuana cases here, where i said the
jury should use their own conscious, they should not convict people of the federal law violations. it's not about state's rights versus federal rights it's about human rights whether it's the right to access medical marijuana -- i mean the right is the human right. and whichever law happens to favor it, that's the one you are going to be for, so i have a strict what is moral what is for -- what is our human rights? and then you take the strategy or tactic that is working to keep those rights. >> michael: yeah, and that's the best answer to that question. you are part of the mayors against illegal guns. you -- you're for background checks. do you see the gun issue as a civil -- do you approach all issues -- will you approach the gun issue as you do a civil rights issue?
can you be a mayor on the forefront like michael bloomberg. >> yes, i'm part of that group. yes, there is a second amendment, but we have a right against people who are criminally or mentally unable to have a weapon to protect ourselves against that kind of gun ownership. we should be protected against people buying a hundred guns for transmission of it to mexico. we should be protected against the hundred-magazine kind of ways of killing people. so it's still a human right to be safe, and it's clear that, you know some -- some method of check and control on that is absolutely necessary. it just -- i mean i happen to be -- you know -- practice a philosophy of non-violence. and -- and, you know, weapons
should be in the hands of those who are charged to protect our safety and -- and -- and for, you know, any sports but not beyond that. >> michael: i couldn't agree with you more. they showed a clip of ed koch saying he wanted people to move to new york because he liked the mayor. i want people to move to san diego because i like their mayor. >> well, thank you. >> stephanie: up next we'll go back to bob filner's old stomping ground. david pakman joins us next to shed light. ♪
investigation went after jay carney yesterday. take a look. >> and the administration is still -- their paid liar their spokesperson is still making up things about what happens and calling this local rogue. >> michael: carney responded by calling issa's remarks amazing. well said. here is republican senator lindsey graham in an interview on the fox news radio show kill immediate and friends. brian kilmeade has friends apparently. >> jay carney is not the issue here. he is the spokesman for the white house. >> michael: david plouffe attacked issa for what can only be called his sketchy past with this tweet . . .
issa was accused of stealing a fellow soldier's dodge charger in 1971 and being involved in a fire that destroyed his building in 1982. no formal charges were ever filed. but after the fire issa did make hundreds of millions of dollars in the car-theft protection industry. that's irony. for more i'm joined by our friend david pakman, host of "the david pakman show." he comes to us tonight from springsfield, massachusetts, thanks as always for being here. >> thank you. >> michael: legislators like darrell issa spending more time scannedalizing, and legislating, but could it backfire? >> yes, it could. we now have these three pseudo scandals. president obama's approval
rating went up two points and republican approval rating is lower than ever. but that doesn't mean it's not a legitimate investigation into whether it's the irs or ap or whatever the case may be. just because there is an investigation and something to investigate, it doesn't mean that president obama was on his blackberry, making the phone calls, making these things happen. >> michael: yeah, i think our idea of what the president is doing with his time is actually so different from what he is actually doing. all of these competing dc controversies were put into perspective, take a listen. >> when you look at the irs, and the benghazi issue, and the ap issue, i think the trouble isn't even the individual specific scandal, it's a broader notion that there is pattern of this
activity. what we don't want to have happen is americans lose faith and trust in their institutions. >> michael: has the obama administration done enough to repain the public's trust? and if not what more needs to be done? >> when you listen to that quote, what is missing is the pattern being identified is being identified by those who specifically wanted to create, so when we look at these issues individually and separately there's very little connection to president obama. so reject the idea that the pattern exists. those individuals want us to see pattern. whether president obama has or hasn't done enough, he has answered questions about all of these issues he has said like any other president has said in the past in similar situations that we'll investigate it. and if individuals need to be held responsible, they will be.
i don't think the standard to which president obama should be held should be different because a group of politicians want us to see an issue that they created. >> michael: that's such a good point. i totally agree. now let's go to another scandal. this is a coreous calling for the resignation of eric holder. his his resignation show renewed confidence in the doj. >> i think it's really funny that peter king says if he were eric holder he would sign we all know if he were eric holder he would say resigning is sending the wrong message.
>> michael: i want to turn to another leak controversy, and this is a story they know you have covered on the david pakman show a lot. today is the first day of the bradley manning trial. what sort of president could his trial set for national security and freedom of speech? >> it would be huge. that's really why this is getting the attention that it is getting. tomorrow i'll interview a man who has been covering this from the beginning and is at the trial. bradley manning has admitted that he did just a lot of what he is accused of doing, really the issue is what should the penalty be? and how has he been treated for the last few years? and also remember that julian
who was for a while the focus of most of the attention -- nobody is talking about him anymore. and we have to look at the interplay between the two. and he has almost been forgotten in this rush to prosecute and persecute bradley manning. >> michael: if you are not watching the david pakman show you are obviously missing a lot. look for that show. david pakman thank you for being on the show as was. look forward to the next time. we will be right back.
is going on on "the young turks." >> it's faz -- fascinating, there are many people in support of the turkey protesters now. they are starting to worry about the rule because he seems to be moving into a muslim secular division, and that's what people are worried about. >> michael: all right. cenk it's going to be a great show. i really want to see it. you are going to learn a whole lot about what is going on in the world if you watch "the
young turks" tonight. finally here in "the war room," first nba bad boy dennis rodman got the north korea hermit state to open up a bit, and now steven segal can add diplomat to his rez -- resume. maybe our government should just make movies and our movie stars should just make diplomacy. we thank you for joining us here in "the war room" tonight. i urge you to watch cenk uygur. tomorrow we'll have more on the judicial appointment process and senator frank lautenberg rest in peace. ♪ coming on to me all the time
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[ ♪ music ♪ ] >> all right welcome to the "the young turks." we'll talk about the badly manning trial it has begun finely after three years and what a mess rahm emmanuel has made of chicago. rahm emmanuel, the world's worst democrat. but we start with amazing news out of turkey. demonstrations in 57 different towns and cities hundreds of thousands of people. 1700 people have been arrested. tear gas canisters have been fired directly at protesters,